Stunning spending spree by Downs

2009-08-05 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Compulsive spenders Mamelodi Sundowns embarked on another stunning buying spree on Monday, while re-signing Lerato Chabangu and acquiring crafty Mozambican international Elias Pelembe from Premier Soccer League (PSL) champions SuperSport United.

And it was difficult to detect whether the five-time former PSL champions’ motto was “the more we lose, the more we buy” or alternatively “the more we buy, the more we lose”. The latest splurge comes in the wake of new signings Mabhudi Khenyeza, Lebohang Mokoena and Papi Zothwane among several others.

Ironically, Sundowns have lost all their warm-up games for the new season in the process — culminating in Saturday’s miserable 2-0 defeat in the opening match of the Telkom Charity Cup against Platinum Stars — a team communications manager Alex Shakoane had threatened to bury alive.

SuperSport coach Gavin Hunt said he rated Pelembe as “one of the best, if not the best player in the PSL at the moment”.

“I don’t like selling top-class players like Pelembe, Chabangu, Teko Modise and Katlego Mashego,” added the forthright SuperSport coach, “but what can you do when they indicate they want to leave the club and we get relatively astronomical offers for them at the same time?”

It was striker Chabangu’s move that raised the most eyebrows, simply because he left Sundowns for SuperSport only months ago, before heading back to the Chloorkop-based club.

“I don’t think Chabangu was unhappy at SuperSport,” mused Hunt, “but it seemed Sundowns were obsessed about getting him back and made us a particularly good offer.”

Which left many posing the question: “Why did Sundowns let him leave in the first place?” — Sapa.

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